Quarterly Church Planting Update – 2
We step into the second half of the year with excitement. The Lord continues to show his favor and grace towards Frontline Worship Center (FWC). Some time ago, FWC sites collaborated in a quarterly event called “One Weekend”. This event introduces new believers to foundations of the faith, and aims to help them experience true freedom in Christ and ignite a fire to follow Him wholeheartedly. FWC’s Network Leaders Ptr. Ron Catubay and Ptr. Rolly Delmonte spearheaded
this event, and almost 100 Christ-followers found renewal as they participated. Praise God!
God is allowing us to grow, and plant one church after another. Truly, “What is impossible with man is possible with God!” Recently, Sir Marwin Ilao, one of the teachers at Frontline Christian Academy, prayed about planting a house church in a local barangay. With some help from his team, and by God’s grace, 25-30 people now gather every Sunday to praise and worship the Lord together. They are now planning how to reach more families and share God’s word through practical means. Tent outreaches are also planned for the near future; these will need prayer and financial support. We encourage you to pray about partnering in helping to reach more for the Kingdom. FWC, through its Student Community (StuCo) continues to partner with many public schools in the city, and was asked to speak to 400 students on the topic of “Choice and Decisions in Life.” The participants learned how to recognize their personal strengths, and were encouraged to make positive choices and decisions in life.
A training and development seminar for church-planting workers was held this past April, with the topic “Five Essential Practices for Leaders to Multiply Leaders.” The annual youth conference was also held in the same month, where about 200 young people from different sites assembled for the purpose of being equipped and trained to reach others with the life-changing gospel and love of Jesus Christ. We were blessed with the presence of international friends – Ptr. Jerry Chalk of World Changing Missions, and Melinda Ols, the loving wife of the missionary who, along with Ptr. Jeff Pessina, started the work that birthed Frontline here in the Philippines almost 40 years ago.
This summer, our friends from Ohio State University (led by Kayla Rowan) visited us again. They funded (and carried out!) the repainting of our “Church on the Hill” in the Atisan mountains. That was a particularly challenging day for them as they had to hike up into the mountains in the heat and humidity before painting all day! This particular church campus of ours just celebrated its 3rd year anniversary.
Looking forward, many pastors and leaders are excited for the next half of 2019, especially with the planned opening of Frontline’s Bible School that we hope will help to produce biblically sound leaders, disciple-makers, equipped leaders and healthy churches not just in the Philippines but around the world.
Thank you, dear partners and friends, for always standing with us! We invite you to continue to pray for us, and visit if you can. We also ask that you keep the on-going construction of the Training and Community Center at heart, and consider partnering financially as you are able. God bless you all exceedingly and abundantly!